Foto: José Cordeiro, 1985

Tapeba

  • Other names
    Tapebano, Perna-de-pau
  • Where they are How many

    CE6.600 (Funasa, 2010)
  • Linguistic family

Introduction

The Tapeba are the product of an historical process of ethnic emergence of portions of various indigenous societies who were settled in the Village of Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres de Caucaia - which gave rise to the municipality of the same name, in the metropolitan region of Fortaleza, state of Ceará. By virtue of the specific manner in which they comprise a distinct group within the regional society, discussion of their indigenous identity has marked their recent history, particularly the process of official recognition of their territory by the State.